My first three Belgians inspired me to develop Volant Kennel. I was amazed by their intelligence and capabilities to work in many real world applications. I was also taken by their majestic presence and beauty, combined with great character.
My passion for breeding is particularly in producing "groenendaels" (the Groenendael registered as Belgian Sheepdog by the American Kennel Club, has long hair and is solid black), with the substance and character of the malinois but maintaining the intelligence and thought process.
I was so impressed with, with my first two groenendaels. When I first met Guy Blancke and Unia d’Ajelpajo, I know only saw the most dynamic team I’d ever seen and the most extraordinary dog I’d ever seen in heart, athletic ability and focus. I went to Belgium to meet the pups from Unia’s only litter and found the litter to be incredibly consistent with wonderful temperaments, stable nerves and balanced drives.
I selected DISCO, the “alpha female” shipped to me who arrived at Los Angeles Airport after 16 hours of flying, coming into a very hectic and noisy freight terminal, tail wagging so hard and eager to go home
with anyone. She leaped out of her crate into the arms of the first person she saw. I knew I had made the right choice.
My search really began looking for the right dog to breed to Disco. I found that dog in Orsam de Salte Cabre. I went to France in September 2005 to meet him and his owner/handler at the French Mondio Ring Finals where Orsam competed. He was more dog than I had hoped for. I saw the confidence, power and courage of a strong malinois working with a longer and black coat on the field. During the “defense of handler” where the dog can only bite the decoy that touches the handler (decoy #2, hiding behind a wall) while decoy #1 is taunting the dog, trying to make the dog bite him and loose the 30 points. Like many of the strongest dogs competing, Orsam just had to take that bite, lost his 30 points but immediately ran behind the wall and took a bite on decoy #2! The crowd roared and as I applauded I saw the “groenendael” in Orsam. Always thinking…While walking around amongst many other competitors, Orsam wags his tail and is very social with other dogs when they greet him. Orsam was bred down from strong working malinois lines and was not bred to be a show dog. He’s produced some wonderful offspring which have achieved titles in French ringpsort, mondio ringsport, IPO, police work, search work or they have been top performers in agility or obedience.
Uvar was another dog I always admired for his wonderful work ethic and stable nerves. I observed Uvar over the years working cattle and sheep, multiple advanced runs in one day, working under a lot of
pressure and doing his job well. I wanted to bring his qualities into my
breedings. Uvar and Disco produced 8 wonderful pups. These pups were very pretty, smaller and more suitable for herding, agility than protection sports or police work. Several of Uvar’s offspring perform jobs, every day, locating scents and part of their job working with their handlers.
The ideal Belgian Shepherd I am breeding will be environmentally solid in most any environment lacking sound sensitivity and stress to environmental situations, social situations and confident and social with other dogs. I hope to see dogs I produce continue to perform real jobs such as wildlife or medical detection, search and rescue, bomb or narcotics detection, police work and work as service dogs for disabled people.
“Confident” dogs don’t have to worry about defending themselves. I expect the dogs I breed to have the confidence and solid nerve to do their job in any environment under pressure, as well as be able to perform at top competition levels in sports such as: schutzhund or IPO, the ringsports (French Ring & Mondioring), agility, tracking, obedience, flyball, freestyle, dock diving, etc.
Good health is a strong consideration and I have chosen to outcross by incorporating European working lines which go back to Belgian Shepherds outside of the Groenendael. Only time will prove whether I’ve been able to increase the life expectancy of these dogs.
Good structure to perform is critical. I want a strong and balanced dog
that can jump and move well. My litters thus far have consistently
produced strong rear ends with the power to perform well.
My search continues around the world for the right Belgian Shepherds to
breed. I have produced some incredible males and am looking for
compatible females to combine them with. See my pages on Bitches and Stud Dogs.
The other varieties of Belgian Shepherd are distinguished by their coats and colors: the Tervuren is the same color as the Malinois but has long hair, the wire-coated Laekenois is fawn and lacks the black mask and ears, and the Groenendael (registered as Belgian Sheepdog by the American Kennel Club) has long hair and is solid black.
“Beti” Kupenda’s Mahali Wakati Beti, WDX, CD,TD,SchBH,
Working Service Dog for Disabled Adult, TDI (therapy dog), CGC, Search Dog, Actress in TV commercial for soft drink beverage.
Beti was the most intelligent creature I had ever met. I adopted her at 8weeks old to be trained at home to be a service dog for my disabled adult son, Ryan. Beti knew her job from “day one”. Ryan’s therapists were so impressed with her, they researched the breed. Beti had her playful side and loved to work sheep. She was very high in drive, loved to bite and tug, she also did some schutzhund training and was my best personal protection dog, I always knew she would have the courage to defend us if there was an attack Beti, the Caregiver, my strength to deal with the challenges with my son since his accident. She is very much missed and I would never expect to have a service dog that would do work “beyond the call of duty” like Beti did. 7/29/96-2/10/06